Russ has over 40 years of experience in commodity marketing and risk management strategies as well as providing operations and technology solutions serving the Western Canadian agricultural marketplace. His company, Agrinomics I.T. Consulting Ltd., has been in operation since 1999 providing a comprehensive and unique blend of private sector, independent market advisory services. Russ’s personal consulting expertise includes project management, risk management, feasibility and business case reports and comprehensive experience in electronic trading and clearing technology. Russ Crawford’s personal background includes 20 years with Cargill Limited, 9 years with Alberta Wheat Pool and 12 years of independent consulting to the marketplace.

In October of 2009 Russ was elected to the Board of Directors for the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance serving on various committees over a four-year term.. The CHTA is Canada’s national hemp association made up of producers, processors, researchers and retail product marketers. It is the primary industry association and has been growing in pace with its members. In 2011 Russ co-authored the CHTA’s Long Term International Strategy (LTIS) report that built on the CHTA’s National Industrial Hemp Strategy by targeting research and education/awareness projects suitable for the national organization benefiting all members. In 2013 he was elected as President where his duties have expanded his leadership role within the industry including a revision of the LTIS to align with the federal government’s Growing Forward 2 program (2013 – 2018). Russ has been an advisor to Naturally Splendid® since 2008.